Arab Foreign Ministers discuss crisis in Syria

November 17, 2011

Foreign Ministers from several Arab countries held a meeting in the Moroccan capital of Rabat yesterday to determine whether Syria has complied with a deal to end its violent crackdown on protesters. During a meeting earlier in the week, the Arab League suspended Syria from its activities and called upon Arab countries to withdraw their ambassadors from Damascus.

In a statement to the Al-Arabiya television network, Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal denied that Arab nations are interfering in the internal affairs of another country. “The bloody events in Syria hurt all Arab and Muslim people,” he said. “The measures taken by the Arab League to solve the problem are not interferences in internal affairs, but reflect the commitment to Arab cooperation and development. Thus, all objectives are positive and in favor of Syria. What is important is that bloodshed stops, dialogue begins, machines of destruction withdraw, and the Syrian people live in peace and security.”